The album was written and recorded at home during the summer of 2011 using two acoustic guitars, general household items and a PC. Due to the improvisatory nature of The Instrument, none of its recordings can ever be replicated.
" .. a series of beautifully paced acoustic guitar explorations, with snatches of field recorded conversation and fleeting singing, their cyclical nature adding to an overall hypnotic, mildly psychedelic mood." 8/10
"I guess it lies between the classic dusky explorations of the likes of John Fahey and the more psychedelic mystical vibes of Orfanado, but with some Cave/Ellis soundtrack moods thrown in for good measure. Powerfully evocative stuff."
"A quietly cinematic record, filled with understated peaks and fertile silences, its compositions appearing either beautifully delicate and atmospheric, hypnotic and minimal or fragmented and hectic, caught between experimental folk and urban blues."
The Milk Factory
"Akhtar’s work is mesmerizing for its clear transfer between worlds, perhaps an adroit conversation initiated by an artist well-versed in cosmopolitan experiences and influences. "
"...there is also a definite space that exists within these touching, powerfully poignant numbers that allows for a listener to hear their own unique tale being played slowly back to them."
The Line of Best Fit
"..as a snapshot of a man still discovering himself and looking to push his own boundaries, it’s a powerful document."
God is in the TV
"..The Instrument offers a pleasant surprise to anyone prepared to delve."
released 16 March 2012
Mastered by James Plotkin.
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